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Luxury cruise ship has VR simulation arena, race track and waterpark

Luxury cruise ship has VR simulation arena, race track and waterpark

Norwegian Cruise Lines has taken the wraps off “Joy,” a new luxury cruise ship it will be deploying in China next year. The cruise ship is massive and comes with the luxury staples you’d expect — gambling and fancy booze and tastefully-decorated rooms — as well as a few that take things to a whole new level: a virtual reality arena, a two-level “hoverboard” bumper race track, and a full water park.

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The Galaxy S7 worked: Samsung crows of 10% profit bump

The Galaxy S7 worked: Samsung crows of 10% profit bump

Samsung needed a hit for 2016 and it looks like it found it, with hotter than predicted demand for the Galaxy S7 helping the South Korean firm post more than a 10-percent jump in profit this quarter. The company issued its earnings advice for Q1 2016 today, predicting final sales of approximately 49 trillion Korean won ($42.3bn).

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Tigers have been poached to extinction in Cambodia

Tigers have been poached to extinction in Cambodia

The Indochinese tiger is extinct in Cambodia, it has been announced, and humans are to blame. Poachers targeting both the tigers and the prey they need to survive have driven the tigers from Cambodia’s forests, and though conservationists plan to reintroduce them into the region, they face an uphill battle. Conservationists working in the nation made the announcement on Wednesday, saying, “Today, there are no longer any breeding populations of tigers left in Cambodia, and they are therefore considered functionally extinct."

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Adobe to raise its prices in 6 countries starting May 1

Adobe to raise its prices in 6 countries starting May 1

Adobe has announced plans to increase prices in some countries due to currency changes, the company announced today. The changes will affect users in certain countries, including Australia and New Zealand, and are being made to offset currency fluctuations. The price increases will start on May 1, and is unfortunately the opposite of Adobe’s recent December changes, which saw a price decrease in Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

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Reverse photosynthesis breaks down plants for clean biofuels

Reverse photosynthesis breaks down plants for clean biofuels

Researchers have discovered what is being called a major milestone in the world of biofuels: reverse photosynthesis, a process that uses the sun’s rays to break down plants rather than build them up. Such a discovery has two major benefits over current methods used to break down plant biomass — the process itself is faster, and because the sun is being used, the process produces far less pollution, potentially providing a solution to one of the petrochemical industry’s biggest problems.

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Possible North America Viking settlement spotted from space

Possible North America Viking settlement spotted from space

A second Viking settlement may have been found in North America, and it’ll be detailed in an upcoming NOVA documentary called “Vikings Unearthed.” The discovery was made from space, in that archaeologists spotted evidence of the settlement in photos taken by a satellite. The discovery was made some time last summer, and though the precise location of the settlement hasn’t been revealed to the public, it is somewhere in the southern region of Newfoundland.

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China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

Reports that swear they're not April Fools' pranks claim China has banned April Fools' day, citing annoyance and incompatibility with the "western tradition." April Fools' day is, of course, a day for unabashed suspicion — it’s also fun, and companies have fully embraced it to release all sorts of amusing (and sometimes incredibly frustrating) jokes. China will have none of that, though; the nation’s state-run news agency has stated that April Fools' isn’t inline with its “cultural traditions, or socialist core values."

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Uber’s new in-app support replaces annoying emails

Uber’s new in-app support replaces annoying emails

Email support is annoying — at least when you’re calling, you eventually get to someone and know in real-time what’s happening on their end. Email support, though, is time consuming and involves a lot of waiting and guessing. Enter Uber’s newly transformed support system, one that is ditching email in favor of an in-app messaging feature that lets drivers and riders alike shoot off a quick note about their concerns.

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Newly created transparent wood paves way for greener homes

Newly created transparent wood paves way for greener homes

In what seems like a bit of modern day alchemy, researchers have managed to transform real wood into still-real transparent wood, giving it a somewhat cloudy appearance like roughed up acrylic or dry craft glue. According to the study, which was published in Biomacromolecules earlier this month, the researchers were able to achieve a level of transparency as high as 85-percent, and a haze level as low as 71-percent to create what they call “optically transparent wood.”

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Ice age puppies found preserved in Russia’s icy Yakutia

Ice age puppies found preserved in Russia’s icy Yakutia

A pair of puppies dating back to the Ice Age have been recovered from Yakutia, a frigid region in northern Russia. The discovery was first made back in 2011 by hunters seeking mammoth tusks; they saw the snout of one puppy visible through the permafrost and informed Mammoth Museum of the North-Eastern Federal University’s head of exhibitions Sergei Fyodorov. Five years have passed since, and researchers have announced that the puppies are so well preserved, they mark a new world's first.

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New blood test detects concussions days after they happen

New blood test detects concussions days after they happen

Concussions are a serious problem in the world of sports, particularly when it comes to youth sports — concussion symptoms are sometimes delayed in children (less commonly in adults, as well), meaning an evaluation immediately after an incident may not accurately reflect the nature of the injury. Researchers have discovered a way to deal with this, developing a new type of blood test that can identify whether someone has suffered a concussion up to a week after it happened.

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Jupiter asteroid impact caught on video

Jupiter asteroid impact caught on video

While NASA is busy keeping an eye out for asteroids buzzing our way, some others have their eyes set on distant planets, hoping to catch a little action of their own. Amateur astronomer Gerrit Kernbauer was successful in this mission, managing to record an impact on Jupiter — likely an asteroid or a comet slamming into its surface. The impact created a large enough blast of debris to be seen in the relatively fuzzy, jumpy video, and provides a fascinating look at a sliver of action elsewhere in the universe.

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